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Given its founders, this is a highly dubious organisation which may or may not be linked to the Puerto Rican USA Foundation.
There are a large number of foundations that include in their title "USA" and "Foundation" [Such as the "Giving USA Foundation", the "Spain-USA Foundation" and the "Bayer USA Foundation"]
Many of these organisations have elements of "corporate free-enterprise" propaganda promotion and American jingoism. So it is difficult to untangle.
However the Families USA Foundation was critical of Gingrich's Contract With America organisation, while the Puerto Rico USA Foundation appears linked to Jack Abramoff's interests in tax havens and Caribbean Islands. Who knows?
1983: This organisation was founded by Jack Abramoff using funding from Joseph Coors and William E Simon. It provided support for President Ronald Reagan's reelection in 1984.
On the surface, it appears to have appeared and disappeared within a year or so, but, given the sources of funding and the people involved that is highly unlikely. More than likely it simply changed its name or went underground for a while.
[See page 142 ....Conservatives Without Conscience]
1984 October: Report by Public Affairs on 'soft money' and campaign contributions says:
Also in October 1984, Representative Fortney H. (Pete) Stark (D-Calif.) asked the IRS commissioner to investigate two nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations — the USA Foundation and the American Opportunity Foundation — that were organizing activities to commemorate the first anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Grenada.
1984 Oct: Slate report on "Jack Abramoff: The friend Tom DeLay can't shake" [Apr 7 2005 by James Harding].
That whiff can be traced to the pungent Jack Abramoff. As a high-school student in Beverly Hills, Calif., Abramoff was a square-jawed, broad-shouldered weightlifting champion. He went to college at Brandeis and to law school at Georgetown.
Like Rove and Lee Atwater before him, it was in his college days that he first garnered attention. He became chairman of the College Republicans in 1981. Even then, Abramoff was a fragrant figure: While running the College Republicans, he also chaired the USA Foundation, a group that enjoyed tax-exempt status because it purported to be nonpartisan.
In October 1984, the USA Foundation staged anniversary celebrations marking the first anniversary of Reagan's invasion of Grenada—jamborees that the group insisted had nothing to do with Reagan's re-election campaign. A spokesman explained Abramoff's dual role to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post: "When he has his College Republican hat on, he's partisan. When he has his U.S.A. hat on, he's nonpartisan."
1989 Feb: A plan of RJ Reynolds called "Tobacco Issues" talks about a "$25,000 membership in the Puerto Rico USA Foundation", which may be either a subsidiary or an entirely unrelated organization. Given the Grenada links above,however, it is entirely possible that this is a chapter of Abramoff's main US organization.
In this discussion of "special tax treatment for US corporations" it notes:
- Through the efforts of the Puerto Rico USA Foundation, Section 936 has remained basically intact since that time. However, because it represents a $10.5 billion revenue loss to the Treasury over 5 years, it is never safe from Congressional scrutiny.
- Action Plan:
- Actively work with the Puerto Rico USA Foundation and member companies in opposing any changes to Section 936 .
- Cost to Implement Action Plan:
- No additional cost other than existing salaries for RJR employees and $25,000 membership in the Puerto Rico USA Foundation.
1995 Jan 9: Tobacco News Today (of the Tobacco Institute) reports on a press conference in Washington DC.
9:30 a.m. TAX CUTS - Families USA Foundation releases a report on the Contract With America and its impact on Medicare, veterans benefits and student loans.
Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. NW
Contact: Arnold Bennett, [202-628-3030]
This organisation is led by Philippe Villers, and their report was being analytical about Contract with America. Villers is associated with the ACLU and Amnesty International, Campaign for America's Future, and the Institute for Global Leadership .